Social media reminders of posts and moments that occurred a number of years ago have reminded me that it’s now been a whopping decade since – what I call – the summer of inspiration. In 2012, two distinct occurrences happened that summer that ultimately inspired me to start taking my creative writing more seriously. Continue reading “Remembering the Summer of Inspiration”
Not going to lie, this Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian Heritage Month has been off to a really rough start. From our faith in humanity continuously being shattered by people who want to take some of our rights away, to some sad news happening in my personal life, it’s harder than usual for me to multi-task as of late. Continue reading “Hype Up for AAPINH Heritage Month”
So as I had mentioned last week, I have never written a comic book or a graphic novel before… but as of this week, I can say that I have written a web comic. I teased this project back in February, but for those who missed it, on Thursday, my collaboration with This Asian American Life (TAAL) was released, in the form of a comic commemorating 20 years of journaling called “My Journey with Journals.” Continue reading “In Collaboration with This Asian American Life: The Making of “My Journey with Journals””
I’m thrilled to take part in my third production with Rainy Day Artistic Collective with my new one-act play, “Not in Kansas.” Based on real life experiences of my great aunt, Justita, the story follows two PhD students from the Philippines who’re studying in the United States in the early 1950’s. While on a trip to New Orleans, the two experience the opposite of Southern hospitality at a rest stop in Mississippi. Continue reading “Playwright’s Commentary: “Not in Kansas””
I’m excited to reveal that after the past few months of working on this, we are now one week away from my third production with Rainy Day Artistic Collective. This time, I’ve written one of ten plays that will be featured in their Halfway Historical Festival; where all the stories revolve around real-life occurrences. Continue reading “Coming Next Week: Halfway Historical Festival feat. “Not in Kansas””
I rarely conduct interviews for my website, but when I do, I often center them on writers and storytellers who I either know or admire about their creative process and/or their latest project. This case scenario is particularly exciting for me, as this is a conversation with a filmmaker whose work I’ve come to admire and be inspired by over the years: Wesley Chan.
There is a series from PBS called “The First Twenty,” where it explores significant, altering events within the first two decades of the 21st century. One of the episodes, “20 Years of Asian American Playwriting,” interviews playwrights – from David Henry Hwang to Lauren Yee – about how Asian American playwriting has evolved. Continue reading “5 Years of Playwriting”
By now, you’re probably aware that I am a fan of Wong Fu Productions. I’ve been watching their work ever since I was in college, and the love keeps on going. They’ve also come to be one of the sources of inspiration for me, as I pursue my ventures into writing for film and TV. That’s why I’m so thrilled to center this first round of Recommended Analyzing post for the year on their latest project. Continue reading “Shell of Memories, Old and New: Recommended Viewing (and Re-watching)”
For those who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas! For those who don’t, I hope you have a really good day anyway.
I can’t believe it’s been this long since the formation of my little corner of cyberspace already. It’s grown to be the virtual hub that I’ve always wanted for myself, and then some. I created the website to make it easy, for those who don’t already follow me on social media, to keep up with writing projects I have going on, as well as what’s on my mind on a (mostly) week-to-week basis. Looking back on my posts over the last 11 months, I think I’ve started to notice just how blatant and honest I’m becoming about both where I am in my journey as a writer, as well as the things that I truly care about. Continue reading “8 Years of Lola By the Bay and 2021 Year in Review”
Mixed Motivations for Martial Arts – For Mixed Asian Media, I speak with mixed-race Asians who practice martial arts and other forms of combat and their motivations for doing so.
Thoughts and Reactions to Watching ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ For the First Time – For The Nerds of Color, I give a rundown of what was going through my mind during various moments of this first follow-up to “The Matrix.”
Review of Tablay by Katrina Olan – For Goodreads, I briefly recapture my thoughts on this epic sci-fi novel from the Philippines.
Poster and Premiere Date Announced for ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ – For The Nerds of Color, I give a quick news bite about when to expect the release of this upcoming live-action “Star Wars” production.
Q&A with The Mandalorian’s Diana Lee Inosanto – For Mixed Asian Media Fest, I interviewed the seasoned actor, filmmaker, and martial artist about the making of her 2008 independent film, “The Sensei.”
Mixed Pinoy Pride Panel co-presented by ShoPowSho – I hopped on this panel discussion with Michaela Ternasky-Holland and Patrick Michael Strange as part of Mixed Asian Media Fest, where we discussed our thoughts and experiences of being both mixed-race and Filipino.